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My mom and dad came to see all the birds Marc Marrone had -- just to look. I would NOT let them leave without me. They looked at other sulfur cockatoos but I kept butting in. I already had a name because of my personality. I like to bob my head and walk with a hop in my step.

After me came Kahlua, below, and Bumbles, who now lives with dad. Bumbles,a Rose-Breasted Cockatoo, was rescued from a man who couldn't bring Bumbles with him to his new condo in Florida.

Mom strongly encourages people to get a rescue bird. So many abandoned birds need a home with someone who will give them tons of love and care. And they have so much to give in return!
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Hi! My name is Tango

I am a Citron-Crested Cockatoo from Poughkeepsie, NY.

Shrimp, Bangy, Bang Bang Shrimp, Sweetheart, Tango Bango

10 years old   F

Citron-Crested Cockatoo

Kaytee Yogurt Drops -- only the Mango-flavored cylinder ones, unsalted pretzels, Chex cereal, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, especially the blueberry Kaytee yogurt-covered ones. I also like apples and grapes.

I like to sit anywhere on mom, my sand perch in my cage, on my cage door, on my play stand, on the windowsill, on mom's knee when she's reading, or under a blanket with mom for hugs and cuddles.

I hate dirty feet or stepping in anything dirty or wet -- even water.

I'm scared of spilled liquid -- if anything is spilled I come running over to look and then run away and hide but will not forget it was there, even after it's been cleaned. I won't go on or near that spot for hours but will peer down at it occasionally to make sure it hasn't come back!

I refuse to learn tricks, but if I see my African Grey sister, Kahlua, doing it, then I have to do it too.

I like to give kisses to other people, but they have to approach me with their hands behind their backs.

I don't like glasses or hats or nail polish on fingernails (but toes are fine).

Kahlua -- I don't like her too close to me. I tolerate her and I will only sit next to her when mom is reading and has her knees bent. I will sit on one knee and let Kahlua sit on the other.

If mom has a glass or water for us (yes, we sometimes get our own drinking glasses) and Kahlua and I both want a drink, I want to go first. If Kahlua wants a drink and I don't even want one, I still want to go first. Of course, mom makes me wait my turn.

If mom is reading, I have to have a piece of paper too -- and it has to be from the same one mom has. And you can't trick me. I can tell the difference. I don't eat the paper. I just hold it in my foot, up against my beak and make crunching noises. That's how I "read".


She spoils me and spends all her free time with me. She'd rather be with me than people sometimes. She gets me everything I need and loves me unconditionally- .

She tells me she loves me and gives me all the hugs and kisses I want. I like when she says, "Hi Sweetheart."


I love to hold a "security blanket," which is any cloth that is carefully cut and tied in the middle with rope or ribbon. I hold it in my foot against my beak whenever I'm relaxing.

I also like to make what look like spit balls in my mouth by rubbing my tongue against the roof of my mouth. I do this when I'm relaxing too.

If someone comes over and watches me doing something I'll freeze and sit like a statue, thinking no one can see me if I stay really still.

When mom goes out for too long, I make soup in my water bowl with whatever is in my cage. It's usually a mix of food but sometimes includes toys.

I love to go into my toy box (a square fabric cube) and I throw all the toys across the room until I get to the one I want.

I notice anything new mom does to the house. If she buys a new throw pillow or rearranges something, I have to have mom take me over to see it. And of course, I have to see it first -- before Kahlua.

I don't like new people and things and it takes me time to get used to them, but once in awhile I just go right up to something or someone.

I grab 2 or 3 treats in my mouth at once from my bowl and bring them to the top of my cage, or the highest spot wherever I am at the time, before eating. I got to make sure no one else gets them!
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  Hi Tango!
I am very happy and honored to be your July Bird of the Month. Thank you SO much for supporting me and voting for me all month. I couldn’t have done it without you guys! I had such a fun time going on vacation with all of you. We visited so many awesome and beautiful places, and did a lot of fun things. I’m so glad you could all come with me! Now it is time to relax, and you guys are all welcome to hang out in the castle with me whenever you want. Let’s party! Hugs, King Jester Bean

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07/01/2015 10:34.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tango!
“Hello Every Birdie! Today is the last day of June, and my last Bird of the Month blog. For our last trip, we are going to be visit Tokyo, Japan. Our first stop is going to be the Imperial Palace. Let’s go!” They arrive at the Imperial Palace grounds, which is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. They take a tour of the grounds, but aren’t allowed to enter the buildings. Next they head to the Edo Tokyo Museum, which a museum of the history of Tokyo during the Edo period. They see the life-size replica of the Nihonashi, which was the bridge leading into Edo, and they see scale models of towns and buildings from the Edo, Meiji and Showa periods. Next they visit the Shinjuka Gyoen National Garden. They stroll through the gardens, and see beautiful trees, plants, and ponds. It is very calm and peaceful there. After that they visit the Ueno Zoo. At the zoo, they see Red Pandas, Japanese Black Bears, Sumantran Tigers, Capybaras, and many other animals. Next they head to Tokyo DisneySea. They see the shows and go on the rides there, and have a lot of fun. After, they visit Tokyo National Museum, which is the oldest Japanese national museum. They see lots of interesting things there. After they are finished there, the visit the Tokyo Skytree. They head to the observation tower, and up there they have a lovely view of Tokyo. When they are done up there, they eat dinner at a yummy Japanese restaurant, and then head to a hotel. – Thanks so much for voting for me all month. I have had such a fun time with you guys! I’m so excited to see if I win! (: I’ll see you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/30/2015 10:39.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tango!
“Hello Every Birdie! Today we are visiting Paris, France. Our first stop is going to be the Musée d'Orsay Museum. Let’s go!” They arrive at the museum, which used to be the Orsay Railway Station. They look through the museum, and see lots of art from the 1848s to 1914. Next they head over to the Tuileries Garden. They take a stroll through there, and it is lovely. After that, they go to see the Arc De Triomphe. The arc is big and beautiful. After they are done viewing that, they visit the Louvre Museum, one of the largest museums in the world. Inside, there is lots of artwork. They see the Mona Lisa, which makes Cookie very excited. When they are finished there, they take a tour of the Paris Catacombs. The Paris Catacombs are underground ossuaries, which hold the remains of about six million people. The tour is cool, but creepy. Next they visit the Musée Marmottan Monet. The museum features a collection of over three hundred impressionist and post-impressionist works by Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, Paul Gauguin, Paul Signac, and Pierre Auguste Renior. After touring through the museum, they head over to see the Eiffel Tower. The tower is big and gorgeous. They visit the second floor of the tower, and look down at Paris. It is beautiful. After that, they eat dinner at a delicious French restaurant, and then head to a hotel. – Thanks for voting! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/29/2015 11:22.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tango!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are visiting Ontario, Canada. Our first stop is going to be the Royal Ontario Museum. Let’s go!” They arrive at the museum, and explore it. They visit the Eaton Gallery of Rome, the Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada, the Bat Cave, the Pompeii Volcano Exhibition, and other cool galleries and exhibits. Next they head over to the CN Tower. There, they do the EdgeWalk, which is a hands-free walk around the tower’s main pod. It is 1168 ft above the ground. It is a scary for some of them, but others love it! After that, they head to the Toronto Zoo. They visit the Tundra Trek and see Polar Bears, Arctic Wolves, European Reindeer, and Snowy Owls. They visit the African Rainforest and see Naked Mole Rats, Egyptian Fruit Bats, Spotted Necked Otters, and Speckled Mousebirds. At the Canadian Domain they see Canada Lynx, Grizzly Bears, American Moose, and Wood Bison. They also visit some other animals, which they enjoy. After the zoo, they visit Niagara Falls. They watch the beautiful waterfalls, and they are stunning. Such a beautiful sight for the birdies to see! When they are done at the falls, they head over to the National Gallery of Canada. At the gallery, they see lots of beautiful and interesting artwork and sculptures. They enjoy browsing through. After, they visit Casa Loma. They tour the beautiful place, and then eat dinner at the Terrace Grill. After that, they head to their hotel. – Thanks for voting for me! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/28/2015 12:02.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tango!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today is our third and final day in Orlando, Florida. We are going to visit Universal and Islands of Adventure, but first, I have something special planned. Come with me!” Jester takes his friends to a field, and there they see a large hot air balloon! Jester tells them that they are going to take a ride in it, and then have a breakfast picnic. Once they are all in the basket, it starts slowly going up, and up, and up. Soon, they are high up in the air, and it is a beautiful view. They float high in the sky for about 45 minutes, before the hot air balloon starts to head back to the ground. As they get closer to the ground, they realize that they aren’t landing in the field where they took off; they are landing in an orange grove! When they get to the ground, they find that a picnic blanket spread out with lots of yummy breakfast foods, and they get to pick oranges to eat with it! When they finish their picnic, Zippy and Polly ask if they could take some oranges home for their mom, and Jester tells them that if any of them want to take oranges home, they can pick them and they will be sent to the hotel. After, they head over to Universal Studios. When they arrive at the park, the first thing they go on is Minion Mayhem, a funny 3D ride. After that they ride Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, an awesome roller coaster where they get to choose the song they listen to while riding. Next they ride Revenge of the Mummy, and watch Shrek 4D. Next they go to watch Fear Factor Live. During the show, they host of the show asks for a volunteer who isn’t afraid of bugs. Cappy raises his wing, and they invite him to come down to the stage. On the stage, they have Cappy sit with a big hairy spider on his head for a full minute! But he doesn’t mind, and does it like a champ. After, they ride Men in Black Alien Attack, and the Simpsons Ride. Next they head over to Diagon Alley, where they look through all the shops, and then they ride Escape From Gringotts. After that, they take the Hogwarts Express over to Islands of Adventure. They enjoy the train ride, especially the Harry Potter fans! When the train arrives at Islands of Adventure, they get off a go to Hogwarts. They walk through the big castle, and then ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Next they go on Jurassic Park River Adventure, and they get wet on that. After that they go on the Cat in the Hat Ride, High in the Sky Trolley, and Caro-Suess-El, and then go on the Amazing Spiderman 3D ride. Then they go on Doctor Doom Fear Falls, and the Incredible Hulk roller coaster. After that, they eat dinner at one of the small cafes, and then leave to go back to their hotel. – Thanks for voting! Tomorrow we will be visiting another state. See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/26/2015 11:31.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tango!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are continuing our trip in Orlando, and are going to be going to Disney’s Epcot and Magic Kingdom. Let’s head on over to Epcot first!” They arrive at the park, and the first thing they see inside the park is the Epcot Ball, so they head inside of it to go on Spaceship Earth. On the ride, they visit through scenes back in time, and learn of Earth’s history. After, they head over to the Seas with Nemo and Friends. They go through line and then board into their clamshells, and are taken through the cute ride. At the end, they are let out into the building. They brose through the aquarium, and then watch Turtle Talk with Crush. They enjoy that, and Willie and Flitzer gets to ask Crush a question. Next they head over to Journey into Imagination with Figment. After that, they walk around the worlds. They visit Mexico, China, Norway, and the other places. Next they head to the Land Pavilion, where they ride Soarin’ and Living with the Land. After that, they go on Mission Space, and Test Track. After that, they decide to leave Epcot and go to Magic Kingdom. So they head over to the Transportation and Ticket Center, and take a monorail over to the Magic Kingdom. They arrive at the park, and walk down Main Street USA. First, they head over to Tomorrowland, and they ride the People Mover. Next they visit the Carousel of Progress, which Jester says is one of his mom’s favorites. By the time it is finished, they are all singing “It’s a great big beautiful tomorrow….” They visit the Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor, and they enjoy the comedy. Next they go on Space Mountain. After that, they head to Frontierland, where they do Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain. Next they head to Adventureland, and the first thing there do there is the Jungle Cruise. They enjoy the boat ride and the amusing guide, but Cydney and Norman do not enjoy getting sprayed with water by one of the elephants! Next they climb the Swiss Family Treehouse, visit the Enchanted Tiki Room, and the go on Pirates of the Caribbean. They walk through Liberty Square, and go on Haunted Mansion, before heading to Fantasyland. There they go on the Dumbo Flying Elephants, the Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan’s Flight, It’s a Small World, and they watch Philhar Magic. After that, they eat at the Be Our Guest Restaurant. After that, it is time to watch Wishes, the firework show. Then they take a bus back to their hotel. – Thanks for voting! Tomorrow we are doing something special in the morning, and then going to Universal and Islands of Adventure. See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/26/2015 12:24.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tango!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are visiting somewhere I am very familiar with, and that is Orlando, Florida. We are taking a three day trip here, and in those three days we are going to visit the Disney parks and Universal. Today we are going to hit Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Our first stop is going to be Animal Kingdom, let’s go!” They arrive, and the first thing they do is Kilimanjaro Safaris. They climb into their safari vehicle, and tour the African outback. They see lots of beautiful animals, including Elephants, Lions, Giraffes, Rhinos. Next, they head to the Tree of Life, where they head inside and see It’s Tough to be a Bug. Next, they head to Dinoland. There they do Dinosaur, where they ‘go back in time’ to bring back the Iguanodon. Everybody enjoys it, especially Cookie and Peppino. They also go on the Primeval Whirl, which spins them and drops them. When they get off, they are rather dizzy. Next they go and see some shows. They see Festival of the Lion King, the Finding Nemo Musical, and Flights of Wonder. Next they go on Expedition Everest roller coaster, where they venture through the icy peaks of the Himalayas, and see the Yeti. When they are done with that, they head over to Hollywood Studios. When they arrive there, the first thing they do is Toy Story Mania. They have tons of fun shooting at the 4D targets. Gus ends up getting the highest score out of the group. Next they head to the Hollywood Tower Hotel, home to the Tower of Terror. They head through the line, and board their elevator. They go up, and are suddenly dropped down, multiple times. After that, they head over to Rock’n Roller Coaster. After waiting in line, they load into their Super Stretch Limo, and take off at 60 mph. They speed through the tracks, and on two upside-down loops, and totally enjoy it. Next they see Beauty and the Beast Live, and Voyage of the Little Mermaid, and Muppet Vision 3D. Then they go on the Great Movie Ride. After, they head to 50’s Prime Time Café for dinner, and then leave the park and head to their hotel. They are staying at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort. Once in their rooms, they watch some TV before going to sleep. – Thanks for voting! We will be visiting Epcot and Magic Kingdom tomorrow, so get some rest! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/25/2015 12:11.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tango!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are visiting Sydney, Australia. Our first stop is going to be the Museum of Sydney, let’s go!” At the museum, they see the Built for Bush, Convict Sydney, City of Shadows, Towers of Tomorrow, and other exhibitions. Next they visit Wildlife Sydney. They visit the Koala Rooftop, where they get to meet the Koalas up close. They visit Wallaby Cliffs, where they see Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies, Bare Nosed Woman, Blue Tongue Lizards, and Kookaburras. They visit the Bug Garden and see all sorts of bugs. Finally, they visit the Kangaroo Walk-About, where they see cute kangaroos. Next they visit the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, where they see fish, turtles, sharks, and penguins. After that, they visit Cockatoo Island. Taz and Oz say that it has a wonderful name. They explore there, and then eat lunch. After, they visit the Sydney Tower Eye. There, they do the Skywalk. The Skywalk is 268 metres above Sydney, and they can see the streets through the glass floor they are standing on, and it is awesome. Next, they visit the Australian Museum and the Queen Victoria Building. After, they head to the Sydney Opera house, where they see the Anything Goes musical. Finally, they eat dinner, and check into a hotel. – Thanks for voting! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/24/2015 12:34.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tango!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are visiting Atlanta, Georgia. The first place we are going to visit is the GA State Capitol. Let’s head over there now.” They arrive at the building, and once inside, take a guided tour. During their tour they see the rooms inside the building, and learn Georgia History. After their tour, they visit the GA State Capitol Museum. Next they head to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. The first thing they see is the Dinosaur Plaza outside. Grey Bird and Oki mimic dinosaur noises, while stomping around like dinosaurs. Inside, they visit the Walk Through Time in GA exhibition, the World of Shells collection, the Reflections of Culture exhibition, and some other cool things. Next they visit the Georgia Aquarium. Inside, they see tons of beautiful fish. They see Discus, Clown Anemonefish, Crimson Snapper, King Angel Fish, and many others. They see Beluga Whales, which Laka and Chyna think are adorable. They also see really cool Giant Pacific Octopus. When they are done in the Aquarium, they head to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. They stroll the Garden, and see gorgeous flowers. After the garden, they visit the High Museum of Art, and then the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum. After the museums, they head to Fox Theatre, and see the Sound of Music Sing-A-Long. They very much enjoy it. After, they get dinner, and head to a hotel. – Thanks for voting! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/23/2015 12:29.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tango!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are going to visit Honolulu, Hawaii. We are all going to have lots of fun! The first thing we are going to do is snorkel. Let’s head over to the Pier!” They arrive at the Hilton Pier in Waikiki. They get on a little boat, and are taken out in the ocean. Once the boat stops, they put on their masks and fins, and get into the water. As soon as they look down in the water, they are amazed by how clear and blue it is. They are in Turtle Canyon, so as they snorkel, they see beautiful Green Sea Turtles. They also see pretty fish and coral. They really enjoy it. After their snorkeling trip, they go to see the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. It is the final resting place for many of the ship's 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor. After visiting there, they visit Manoa Falls. They have to hike to see it, so they start their journey across a bridge, and slowly hike up along the sides of the deep rainforest valley. The trail is gorgeous, and they very much enjoy their surroundings. After about a half hour hike, they reach the waterfall. It is absolutely stunning. They enjoy the beautiful view and wonderful sounds for awhile before hiking back. When they get back, Jester suggests that Peatree and Picabo should have a Hatchday lunch together, and they agree that it would be fun. They get dropped off at a cute little restaurant, and then Jester leaves with the rest of his friends. He has a special plan. They head to the beach, and set up a surprise party for their two friends. About an hour later, Jester heads back to the restaurant to pick up Pea and Picabo. They ask where everyone else is, but Jester ignores the question. They arrive at the beach, and are greeted with a loud “SURPRISE!” as they approach the set up. There are lots of colorful balloons, a big frosted cake, and “Happy Hatchday Peatree and Picabo!” is written in the sand. The two are very surprised, and thank all their friends for planning something so wonderful for them. Everyone sings ‘Happy Birthday’, and the two Hatchday birds blow the candles out. They all have cake, and then chat and dance on the beach until sunset. After, they all head to their hotel, order room service, and play games until bed. They had a very fun day! – Thanks for voting for me! Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there! :) See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/21/2015 10:47.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tango!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are going to Austin, Texas. Our first stop is going to be Lady Bird Lake, where we are going to go canoeing. Let’s head over there now!” Jester and his friends arrive at the lake, and head to the Rowing Dock to get their canoes. They load into canoes in pairs of two, and head out on the lake. Things go well, until Raffikki & TiPaul and Cookie & Polly decided to race in their canoes. This ends with Raffikki and TiPaul getting their canoe flipped, but they are helped back in, and then they continue down the lake (with no more racing). When they are done canoeing, they head into Zilker Park. They have a brunch picnic, and fly some kites. After their picnic, they head to Bullock Texas State History Museum. They explore the museum, and learn lots of history. They visit the La Belle Exhibit, which is pretty cool. Next they head to the Blanton Museum of Art, where they see lots of artwork. Their next stop is the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. They see tons of gorgeous flowers. They take pictures as they admire and smell the flowers. Next they visit the Texas State Capitol, where they take a tour. After their tour, they head to Ballet Austin, where they see Hamlet, a contemporary ballet, based on the classic Shakespearean story of a young man and his incredible family drama. They really enjoy it. After the ballet, they head to a steak house for dinner, and then check into a hotel. – Thanks for voting! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/20/2015 11:23.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tango!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are going to visit Kansas City, Missouri. Our first stop is going to be the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Let’s go!” When they get there, they look through the museum and see lots of art collections and exhibitions. Next they go to the Kansas City Zoo. At the zoo they see Bongos, Mangabey, Gorillas, Warthogs, and many other animals. Strawberry really likes the Warthogs, and decides to call one Pumba. They visit the Orangutan Canopy, and watch them swing on trees. Kaji and Cappy say that they look similar to the orangutans when they swing from the top of their cages. When they are done at the zoo, they head over to the National WWI Memorial/Museum. They browse through and learn the history of WWI while they are there. Next they visit the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum. They visit the Truman: Presidential Years and Life and Times exhibitions, and view some other things. Next they head to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. There, they see the Lyric Opera, and they enjoy it very much. Next they head to over to see the Gateway Arch. When they are finished viewing it, they eat dinner, and head to a hotel. – Thanks for voting! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/19/2015 11:36.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tango!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are headed to New Orleans, Louisiana. Our first stop is going to be Mardi Gras World. Let’s go!”They arrive, and take the Mardi Gras World Tour. Their guide takes them through the massive studio where the big Mardi Gras floats are built, and they learn the history of the festive tradition. They get to put on costumes and pose in front of the big floats. They have lots of fun! Next they visit the Cabildo Museum, and the National WWII Museum. After touring the museums, they head to the Audubon Zoo. They visit the African Savanna and see Zebras, Monkeys, and Giraffes. They visit the Asian Domain and see Sun Bears, Babirusas, White Tigers, and Elephants. They visit the aviary and say hi to their bird friends, and they visit the Dinosaur Adventure section. Next they visit the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. In the Butterfly Garden, they see tons of beautiful butterflies flying around. While they are standing there, a blue butterfly lands right on Sugar’s head! They visit Bourdreaux’s Bait Shop, where they see lots of interesting and creepy bugs. Next they visit Bug Appétit, where they get to sample bugs prepared by the chefs. Some of the birds try the bugs without having to be pressured. Boo Boo says that hers tasted delicious! Jester and a few others just can’t be talked into eating the bugs. After, they visit the 1850 House. It is a very nice museum/historic home, and they enjoy visiting it. Next they visit the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. They explore through there, and sample delicious dishes. After that, they head to their hotel for the night. – Thanks for voting! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/18/2015 11:32.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mr Tango, from your pal, Angel Christy
Yesterday all of dad's vital numbers were in acceptable ranges, and his nurse has ordered a non-narcotic sleep aid to help him get over his insomnia, he refuses to take any narcotic medication! Hope that will work okay, being tired all the time really bites! We will solve this problem eventually, but it has been tough one to crack! We wish you all a great Thursday, and give our love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Forever love from Jenny, and our Dallas flock

PS~Thank you for the very nice note you left on my page....

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06/18/2015 06:16.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tango!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are headed to Anaheim, California to go to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. We are going to Disney California Adventure first, so let’s head over there now.” They arrive, and go on a bunch of rides. First they go on Soarin’ Over California, a simulated flight ride. Next they go on Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, and Goofy’s Sky School. They go on Mickey’s Fun Wheel, and Jumpin’ Jellyfish. They take the Bakery Tour at Boudin Bakery, and sample delicious bread. They go to Animation Academy, where they get to illustrate their favorite Disney characters. Panther, Pearl, and Silver draw Mickey, SweetPepper, Jolie, Chyna, and Cydney draw Pooh Bear, and Jester, Kiddo, Mikey D, and Hulk draw Olaf. They have tons of fun! Next they go on Monster’s Inc, Mike and Sulley to the Rescue, and to finish off, they go on California Screamin’. They head over to Disneyland for even more fun. There, they first go on Mr. Toads Wild Ride, then the Mad Tea Party. They climb through Chip n Dale’s cute treehouse, and then go on the Star Tours Adventure 3D simulator ride. They stop and watch Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, and go on lots more rides. They go on Pinochio’s Daring Journey, Rodger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, Buzz Lightyears Astro Blasters, Alice in Wonderland, It’s a Small World, and the Matterhorn. Then they eat dinner at the Plaza Inn. To finish the night, they see the firework show above Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. After a long fun day, they head to a hotel and go to sleep. – Thanks for voting! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/18/2015 12:10.06 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tango!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are going out of the states again, and heading to Dublin, Ireland. Instead of flying or taking a plane, Ms BB is letting us use her Star Trek Enterprise shuttle, she said it is a lot faster and we will all fit! Let’s go!” They all get in the shuttle, and soon after, arrive in Ireland. Their first stop is the National Museum of Ireland. At the museum, they look at Folklife collections, Antiquities collections, and other neat things. Next they head to the National Gallery of Ireland. There they see lots of pretty and interesting paintings and sculptures. Next they head to Phoenix Park, there is lots to do in see there. They visit Aras an Uachtaráin, which is the official residence of the President of Ireland. They see the Phoenix Monument, which has a large Phoenix on the top, and also the Wellington Monument. They also see the Papal Cross. They stop at a tea room, before going to the Dublin Zoo. At the zoo, they see Bats, African Hunting Dogs, Gold Lion Tamarins, and many other beautiful animals. Mango asks if they can go say hi to the Lories there, so they visit them. After the zoo, they stroll through the People’s Garden. When they are done in Phoenix park, they decide to take a Historical Highlights Walking Tour. They see Dublin’s top sights on their 2.5-hour tour. Their guide walks them by famous landmarks, such as Trinity College and Dublin Castle and relics of the city’s Viking past. They stroll around colorful Temple Bar, and encounter hidden cobbled alleyways and graceful Georgian mansions. As they walk, their guide shares interesting facts and stories about the places they see. After the tour, they eat dinner, and then check into the Sandymount Hotel. – Thanks for voting for me! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

Come visit me, Dobby, Grey Bird, Angel Devynn (RIP), Peatree~ Vote 4 Panther #245623!, Bella, King Jester Bean ~ Thank you so much!, Honey, Angel Hermione (RIP), Angel Dudley (RIP), Pressie & Angel Weasley & Angel Jacob (RIP).

06/16/2015 10:34.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tango!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are headed to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. We are going to be going to Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country, and I think we are going to have a lot of fun! Let’s head on over to Splash Country!” They arrive at the water park, and once inside, Jester asks them what they want to do first. Hulk and Cappy say that they should do a water slide, so they head over to Mountain Scream. At the top, they choose the quadruple-drop slide to go down, one by one, they all slide down. The slide was super fun! Next they head to the Big Bear Plunge, a white water rafting adventure ride. They load into large rafts in groups of 5. Jester shares his tube with Jolie, Norman, Kiddo, and Panther. They have tons of fun on the raft ride! After, Tango suggests that they go and do the Downbound Float Trip. So they head over to do that, and all sit in tubes and float down the river. It is very fun and relaxing. Next they head over to RiverRush, which is a water coaster. They load into long tubes in groups of 4, and ride the water coaster. They have lots of fun! After a few more slides, and a trip to the Cascades, they dry off, and head over to Dollywood. Once they arrive, they decide to go on the Shooting Star Drop Tower. They load on the ride, and then it slowly goes up, and then drops back down! Next, they go on the Sky Rider and Mystery Mine. After, Queen Sweetie asks if they can go see the Smokey Mountain String Band. They go see the show, and really enjoy the music! After the show, Picabo asks if they can go on the Tennessee Tornado. Jester is all for it, so they head over to the coaster. It is thrilling; they go down a 128-foot drop at 70mph! Next they go on the Wonder Wheel, and enjoy the view from the top. They do plenty more rides; they go on Thunderhead, the Village Carousel, Lemon Twist, and Dizzy Disk. They also see shows! They see Kingdom Heirs, Heartsong, and the Dreamland Drive-In. They have tons of fun! After, they eat dinner at the Backstage Restaurant, and then head to the DreamMore Resort. They play some card games and talk about their fun day before heading to bed. – Thanks so much for voting! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

Come visit me, Dobby, Grey Bird, Angel Devynn (RIP), Peatree~ Vote 4 Panther #245623!, Bella, King Jester Bean ~ Thank you so much!, Honey, Angel Hermione (RIP), Angel Dudley (RIP), Pressie & Angel Weasley & Angel Jacob (RIP).

06/15/2015 10:06.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tango!
“Hi Every Birdie! I’m so sorry we didn’t go on a trip yesterday. When mom got home last night, she had such a horrible headache and couldn’t look at the computer screen to blog for me. But it is gone now, so we can continue with our journey today! Today we are going to continue our visit to Washington, DC. Let’s head over to the subway, and we can go back to the center of DC and get some breakfast.” Jester and his friends get on the subway, and go back to the center of DC. Once there, they find a place to eat. After breakfast, they head to the United States Capitol, which is a monument and working office. They take a tour, which starts with a 13 minutes film in the orientation theaters. After the video, they see the Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall. When they are done, they head over to the Vietnam Memorial Wall. The wall has the names of all the dead and missing from the war. It gives them chills, and they stand there in silence for awhile, reading the names. When they are finished, they head over to the National Zoological Park. They explore the zoo, and see lots of beautiful animals. They see the Giant Pandas, Mei Xiang, Tian Tian. They see Asian Elephants, and American Bison. After the zoo, they go to look at the White House. They get there, and admire the beautiful building. After they are done looking and have taken pictures, they head to the Washington Monument. When they get there, they take an elevator to the top. At the 500’ level, they go to the observation deck. The view from the top is awesome. They enjoy the view and take pictures for awhile, before heading to the 490’ level museum, and then back to the bottom. Once they are at the bottom, they head off for dinner. After dinner, they head back to the hotel. They have a band and dancing there in the evening, so the birdies hang out and listen to the band and dance a bit before heading back to their rooms. – Thanks so much for voting for me! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester
I'm so sorry you haven't been getting my blogs! Mom forgets if she doesn't see the name in the comment section. But she will make sure that we will drop off our daily blog for you guys now!

Come visit me, Dobby, Grey Bird, Angel Devynn (RIP), Peatree~ Vote 4 Panther #245623!, Bella, King Jester Bean ~ Thank you so much!, Honey, Angel Hermione (RIP), Angel Dudley (RIP), Pressie & Angel Weasley & Angel Jacob (RIP).

06/14/2015 09:51.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi most handsome Citron pal, from Angel Christy
We made it to Wednesday again, the middle of another glorious week, happy hump day as they say! Today is fresh veggie day for us, dad must run to the store for sweet corn, grapes, small sweet peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, as well as more romaine! Please forgive us if we don't always make it to your page in a timely manner, sometimes our daddy just runs out of gas, and has to lay down in lieu of falling down, he don't like it either! Have a great day dear friends, and give our love to all in your beautiful happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Love always from Angel Christy & our Dallas family

PS~Congrats to our muscle bird King Kiddo for BOTD, way to go buddy...

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06/03/2015 05:10.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tango!
Jester and his friends arrive in Williamsburg, Virginia and check into their hotel. “Good morning everybody! I hope you are all excited to begin our vacation adventures! Today, we are going to The Revolutionary City, Colonial Williamsburg! Come on, let go!” Jester and his friends arrive at the city, and are all very excited when they see all the beautiful historical looking buildings. “Our first stop is a museum!” They all enter, and are taken on a tour of the museum. After their tour is over, they all head back outside. “In in a little bit, I have something very fun planned! But until then, we can all explore and go in the building we want to visit. Let’s all meet back here in one hour!” An hour later, all the birds meet back in front of the museum. “I hope that everybirdie had fun exploring! Now, we are going to attend ‘Cry Witch’ in the Capitol Building. It is a reenactment trial of Grace Sherwood being charged of witchcraft in 1706. Mom saw this, and said it was amazing!” The all head over to the Capitol, and wait on the benches outside to be let in the building. Jester and 11 other birdies get to sit up front by the Governor, and the rest of them sit in the benches facing the front. The trial starts, and they bring out the accused. They watch and listen as they tell of her charges, and bring out witnesses to testify against her. After a recap of the evidence against her, and for her, they are all asked to vote. The Governor asked that all those who think that Grace is not guilty to raise their wing. Many raise their wing, including Jester. The Governor then asks all those who think that she is guilty to raise their wing, and there are few. The verdict was not guilty, and the trial was over. “Wow, wasn’t that great? There was so much drama! Hey, after that, I’m really hungry! How about we visit one of the taverns for dinner?” They all agree about being hungry, and head over to a tavern. They go inside and are seated together at a long table. “It smells amazing in here!” Everyone agrees. They sit and chat about the day as they wait for their food. When the food comes out, it looks and tastes amazing. After desert, they head back to their hotel. -I hope you all had fun today! I sure did! Thank you so much for the vote! I’ll see you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/02/2015 09:01.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tango!
I am very excited to be running for Bird of the Month, and would love if you could help support me by stopping by with a vote if you can! In the spirit of summer (and thanks to my buddy Picabo for the great idea), we are going to be talking about fun vacation spots this month! And not only that, but I’m going to be taking you guys to all the vacation spots and we will be doing fun activities at each place! I know that we are all going to have a lot of fun! Mom and her family are still on vacation until Wednesday, which means I am still at Uncle Charlie’s house and I won’t be picked up until the weekend, but we will all start our birdie vacation adventures tomorrow. Get some rest tonight, because tomorrow, we are headed to Virginia, to go to Colonial Williamsburg! (Mom and her family were just there, and they said it was great!) See you all tomorrow! (: Hugs, Jester Bean

Come visit me, Dobby, Grey Bird, Angel Devynn (RIP), Peatree~ Vote 4 Panther #245623!, Bella, King Jester Bean ~ Thank you so much!, Honey, Angel Hermione (RIP), Angel Dudley (RIP), Pressie & Angel Weasley & Angel Jacob (RIP).

06/01/2015 08:41.08 PM Report This Comment  
  hi Tango and Kahlua
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this first day of June. I have greatly enjoyed sharing with all my friend this past month. It has been mind provoking and educational for me and I have gained some awesome insight too. Sharing is after all what Flockcall.com is all about. The Advocate writers share from their daily life with Parrots. It offers the opportunity for everyone to share, express their thoughts, ideas and insights in a safe, nonjudgmental and encouraging form.
I am the last of the Sky Flock to run for BOTM. I follow a long line of worthy predecessors, King SKY, King Amando, King Casey, King Jesse, Queen Little Angel, Queen Angel Girl and Queen Zeena. I must say it has been a fun month and a great privilege to get to know each of you better in the process. The current Companion Parrot Crisis is far from over, and there are, as we revealed, no hard- fast rules or ways to resolve the issue. Too many Parrots, too few good, forever homes is at an epidemic level. If I venture to say, "all we can do is our best to share what life is truly like with a Companion Parrot." Perhaps one person at a time we can make an impact and make change for the better. If we do nothing, the problem won't just away.
I am one of the fortunate ones, I ended up in a safe place, and received the emergency medical care I required. The story often has a sad ending for many others who disappear never mourned or missed. Their life from start to tragic end a story of misunderstanding, neglect and sometimes intentional abuse. It is heart-breaking but none the less a reality for many Parrots.
I want to thank everyone for their daily votes and participation this past month. You have made my month purposeful. I hope that the sharing of information which once was Bird Channel will continue as we head into the future. I am now off to finish chewing my wooden blocks. It's a rainy day and perfect for some serious Parrot recreation.
Thank-you all for the honor bestowed on me, as receiving the title Queen Sweetie this morning. I tried to visit you all yesterday but BC would not let me post any blogs. Geesh. I would not have got here today without each and every one of you.
with love and hugs
Sweetie

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06/01/2015 07:31.12 AM Report This Comment  
  hi Tango and Kahlua
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here with our Saturday blog. This month sure has flown by quickly. It seems like just yesterday I wrote my very first words, and now I an coming to a month's conclusion. I wish to thank everyone of you for your votes towards my quest for the Throne. Although it is not my ultimate goal, it is part of it. My main goal was to start some serious sharing and that goal has been far surpassed. Your input and comments are encouraging, and inspiring. We are but, one small group for Parrot lovers. Can you imagine what impact we could have if every Companion Parrot owner united the World over?
There is a sad trend among humans to disagree and even fight over what in fact equals nothing vital nor important to us Companion Parrots. All one has to do is view a photo on FB of a Parrot and dog to see the level of anger and opinions. No one asks if someone was supervising the interaction, or about the past relationship of the two. I am not referring to obvious dangerous situations were the bird could be in danger of injury or worse. Post a photo of a Parrot climbing into a cupboard, then read the comments left by others. There is obviously someone close by supervising, after all who took the photos? Instead of fighting over such non-essentials why not focus on what really matters?
Parrots are individuals. We have such singular personalities that there is no hard-fast rules that can work for every bird, in every home, with every owner. While one owner snuggles their fid, and another one believes that you should only scritch the head and upper neck area, neither is wrong. One owner might feel you should keep wings trimmed for safety and another that fully flighted Parrots are the happiest, both are right, in their own personal Parront-Parrot relationships. Every situation is unique. What works for one, may not work for another. It does not make one person right or wrong, it just equals the truth about living with a Companion Parrot. There are no straight forward, fits-all answers when it comes to Parrontship.
The important point is that sharing is not criticism. Sharing is openness to new ideas, and views. If all the Parrot Rescues would learn to live peacefully together rather then back biting they would accomplish so much more. That does not mean turning our backs on obvious wrong treatment, misuse of funds donated and outright abuse and neglect. Rather accepting that every Rescue, like every owner (yuck, there's that word again) is a separate unique situation. As long as there is mankind there will be good and bad. that is a sad given reality. Support those who are doing their best to help the Parrot Crisis.
Tell yourself each and every day that, "I AM a Companion Parrot Ambassador" and use your power to spread the word " ADOPT! DON'T SHOP!" and make a change one person at a time. YOU have the power.

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/30/2015 09:00.39 AM Report This Comment  
  hi Tango and Kahlua
Hello everybirdie. It's the weekend again and also the end of the month draws ever closer. I have had a wonderful month sharing and reading all your awesome thoughts, ideas and suggestions. The Companion Parrot Crisis is huge, far more then one small blue-fronted Amazon can tackle on her own but together with each of you we can and will make a difference. The general populous needs education and enlightenment about sharing their lives with one of us feathered wonders. As you all have so eloquently pointed out, we ARE NOT at all like owning a dog or cat. No one can own a Parrot. While dogs and cats are domesticated, Parrots are not, and never will be truly humanized. There is a problem when humans begin to rationalize our behaviors in humanistic terms. Our behaviors and responses are based on instinctive and learned responses just as those of our wild cousins. We can be trained to do tricks through positive re -enforcement but we can not be controlled or expected to obey commands as a dog will.
One point I have observed in my short 2 years of life is that people tend to judge us by our species not by our individual personalities. Not all Macaws lunge, not all Cockatoos bite and scream, not all Amazons are aggressive and unpredictable. The list goes on and on. We are singular beings, and although certain traits are inheritable we are also influenced by our past experiences. Companion Parrots can not be generalized into "types" any more then all humans are the same.
My hope and desire is that one day there will be no need for Parrot Rescues, and every Parrot will have a loving forever home of its own. The abuse and neglect will be in the past and every Parrot will know happiness and never experience fear or terror. Will that world ever come? No, but if even one Parrot can be freed from pain, released from it's caged prison, and receive it's very first spark of hope my life will be rewarded, and my purpose on Earth fulfilled. Momma Deb says she will not rest until she knows changes have come, until Rescues are not forced to turn away unwanted Parrots from lack of space and funds. Her goal is awareness, education and to make a change even one person, one Parrot at a time. She has no magic formula for making it happen, but as long as she has a voice she has the power to see it happen. One voice can start a war, so many voices speaking up for us can surely start a Worldwide movement to better the lives of ALL Companion Parrots, end Poaching and legalized trapping of Wild Parrots for profit.
The logo for our Rescue is ADOPT! DON'T SHOP! a universal phrase that says it all. It is spring and countless thousands of babies will hatch from eggs. Ten years from now where will they be? Will they be in loving homes? Will they be in Rescues? Their fourth homes? How many will have died from abuse, neglect at the hands of mankind?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/29/2015 01:43.26 PM Report This Comment  
  hi Tango and Kahlua
Happy Thursday to all my friends. Sweetie here once more with our BOTM blog. I did miss yesterday as momma Deb was called upon at a moments notice to help out with a rather difficult birdie related situation. All went well, and it has a happy, satisfactory ending. Today we get all Momma's attention and she promises extra treats for everybirdie who was so well behaved yesterday when our friend King Mikey D's Momma helped get us ready for bed.
Our month is quickly coming to an end. We have shared some very timely and sensitive issues and discussion and I truly hope each of us has learned a little or a lot from one another's experiences. A life with a Companion Parrot is never dull, never ordinary and certainly never boring. No two species are alike, and among like species we each have our own extraordinary individuality and quirks. Some of us are as bold as a lion, others as shy as a mouse, yet we all possess the inherit ability to melt our Parront's heart, worm our way into their every thought and garner their love and respect. I wish that this description was universal, and it grieves my little Blue-Fronted Amazon heart that at this very moment, Parrots are suffering untold neglect, abuse or worse death at the hands of mankind. Never did my Momma Deb in her wildest thoughts think she would ever be writing as a Companion Parrot Advocate. That she would be one of the ones to stand up against our mistreatment and to put up the fight for our rights. Life has a way of changing suddenly, and if we allow it, it can transform a one time breeder into a Parrot Spokesperson.
I am only one Parrot, but I want to encourage each of you to take the challenge to become a Companion Parrot Ambassador. Never doubt your ability to bring about change. Whether you are a "get in your face" type, or a "quiet, shier one at a time" personality type we ALL can make a difference. Just imagine if every bird loving Parront spoke to just one person about life with a Parrot, about proper care, feeding or even shared what it is like to be owned by one of us, the impact would be fantastic. We could make change, stop improper selection of species for first time would be Parronts, change how one Parrot is treated, or how it is viewed within it's own family situation. We might open a cage door closed for years, allow a Parrot to begin to enjoy better food, have room to move in it's cage at last, find out how much fun a toy can be, or receive the Veterinarian care it needs and deserves. You would be shocked at how many do not know that their Parrot should be seen by a Veterinarian regularly. The number who feel a Parrot only needs peanuts and sunflower seeds. We need YOUR voice to make change happen.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION: It is not a question at all. Please continue to share YOUR special MOMENT(S) with your fids with us. They are interesting, educational and encouraging to read. Your experience might make a difference for someone else too.

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/28/2015 08:00.36 AM Report This Comment  
  hi Tango and Kahlua
Happy Tuesday everybirdie, Sweetie here with your BOTM blog for the day. I so enjoy the blogs, I read them each and sometimes twice in case I missed anything. Such great information is available right here among our BC friends. It's been a rather eventual few days. Momma Deb was called on to take in an older Cockatoo, but through many conversations was able to keep him safely in his own home. This poor M-Too was severely plucked and sported a rather nasty hole ( self-inflicted) on his neck. His past owners moved suddenly and gave up him, and an Amazon to a fellow local rescue who deals with small species only. Hola, as he is named was fostered into a home of experienced Companion Parrot owners with no Too experience. After Momma told them about the need for blood work to test for diseases, need to have the wound treated by the Vet and to discover, if possible the reason he is plucking, Hola is now at an Avian Vet under-going treatment.
We, BC Companion Parrot Ambassadors have so much we can share, so much to give to the Avian World. So many of you have done so much to help others learn about life shared with a feathered Fid. Everytime you suggest a good food to someone eying various foods for their Parrot at home you are making a World of difference both to their Bird and also to those whom speak with. It does matter. A few shared words of wisdom can save an innocent Parrot years of neglect, or re-homing. It is better to dissuade someone getting a bird, then remaining silent. From experience I see it often here, in my forever home. People visit, and OH I LOVE THAT ONE! I always wanted one of those? What is it? Can IT talk!? Oh they certainly are told the facts no holds barred. We are loud, messy beyond words, destructive sometimes, expensive, eat only the best out-of-season fruits and can be down right nasty when upset, hormonal or angry. People leave with a new understanding of life with a Parrot. It is not all that TV version of the Macaw on the shoulder talking in cognitive sentences, or a small, flitting bird singing happily in its barred prison.
Mom says she is going to keep close tabs on Hola, so he doesn't fall through the cracks, and disappear forever. She has arranged with the very BEST Cockatoo Sanctuary she knows of in Canada to take him there to live forever. There he will be safe, cared for and loved dearly by the owner, and volunteers.
I want to encourage everyone to get involved in some small way. Some of you have done quite a lot to education people about Companion Parrots. Not everyone has that ability, but we can all offer to be an advisory, to offer help to owners through animal shelters, or a Vet office. You might be surprised how willing they are for someone to refer people to with bird problems.
PLEASE keep sharing your stories they are fabulous.

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/26/2015 07:04.20 PM Report This Comment  
  hi Tango and Kahlua
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this damp, dull Monday herein Napanee, Ontariot. With less then a week left in this month, I wanted to take a brief look at a few of the blogs you left on my page to share with everyone. I have enjoyed reading all of your comments, and encourage everybirdie to share in the discussion. I was reading this morning and came across Miss Chyna's blog. It brought back many memories to me about my beginnings here in the Sky Flock. Chyna was very blessed indeed that her Momma and Daddy found her when they did. Dirty, hungry and sick she was being sold to whoever had the money to take her away. What a shame some people look at us and only see a value sign written in dollars. My story as you all know was different, but in a sense was also based on money.
Sometimes birds arrive into home with hidden illnesses, but there are a lot that were sold or given away because they were sick and their former owners did not or could not afford the money to have them treated by a Veterinarian. I am asking to see how many of you were outwardly ill when re-homed? How many were being housed in sub-standard, dirty conditions? How many of you were without food, or being given poor, low quality or incorrect foods?
My Momma Deb feels there should be standards set for those who retail Companion Parrots whether a private owner or as a business (Pet Stores, Breeders etc). In general the animal welfare laws of our countries are behind the times, lack sufficient depth to make necessary changes, and fall short in the juridical system. Laws set to protect us many times lead to fines, or a probational period of "owning or possessing an animal." Many of you may recall the tragic murder of Ozzie an CAG in Alberta Canada. Stolen from her front porch and brutally abused her murderers, three teens got away with a crime that united the Parrot World to fight for stiffer sentences,and more explicit laws to be written to protect ALL animals.
Many have shared this month that they have seen sick Companion Parrots sold in Pet Stores. Often when this fact is brought to staffs attention, they shrug it off and do nothing. Few chain stores will spend the money to take an ill bird to a Veterinarian for treatment. After all it effects their profit margin. Many times when an ill bird is pointed out it is removed from the display cage to die alone in the back of the store. Some stores even have made it their "policy" that sick animals, birds included be "humanely" killed by placing it into a box in their freezer. That is not humane, freezing to death, alone in the dark. Some stores have admitted that they are told by "head-office" that this is how they are to treat sick animals in the store.
Bird Channel members are a small group, but we have a voice to cry out for changes. We are not a commodity. We are loving, feeling, sensitive Creatures that deserve respect, care and to be loved for who we are!

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/25/2015 02:09.20 PM Report This Comment  
  hi Tango and Kahlua
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this Memorial Day long weekend. I again must say I am sorry for missing yesterday but Momma Deb had to visit a very talented Indian Ringneck named Max to clip his nails for his Momma. Problem is to get there was a very long drive across country. Needless to say Max looks great, and to make up for the nail grooming he received a Chuey's Chewable Bird Toy Creations, round peg boards to play with.
Max's Mom had contemplated adding another fid to the household. However after talking to my Momma she has decided to keep on loving Max and an pass on adopting another Parrot. Max is quite spoiled, and very well cared for and love. I doubt he would have been any to happy to see another Companion Parrot moving in on his home territory.
The conversation over lunch drifted to the topic of Parrots of course. Max's Mom had recently watched a television commercial telling people to Adopt! Don't Shop! for a Companion Parrot. She had never seen the commercial before and it caught her off guard, but also made her begin to think. She does not recall the name of the Rescue other then it was in the USA. How wonderful it would be if Rescues could come together to finance, through donations and Corporate sponsors television advertisements or magazine advertisements encouraging Adoption of Parrots over buying from a store/breeder/bird Mart etc. Companies advertise to cause consumers to purchase brand "A" over brand "B". I am certain it would work on potential owners of Companion Parrots in like manner. If even one Parrot was adopted from each Rescue what a difference it could begin to make.
Parrot ownership ( ugh, I dislike that term) is a privilege, not a right. When the World begins to realize this truth, we Parrots will begin to gain the respect we rightfully deserve. Our friendship can not be purchased, forced from us or bullied out of us. We are wild flying Creations that were meant to spend our days being Parrots, not a cage ornament or room accent. While on FB today I saw someone's cool off-handed comment to a Parront who has just lost a fid. Suggesting she buy another to replace her baby. It is sad to think this person is someone who has a bird. Love from a Companion Parrot can not be purchased with all the money in the World. You have to earn it, on our terms.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION; Please share with us one or two of the hurls you encountered when first bringing home your fid(s). Also how about some of the best, most touching moments as well. The greatest over-coming moment when you just knew you and your Fid were happily bonded for life!

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05/24/2015 06:52.53 PM Report This Comment  
  hi Tango and Kahlua
Happy, healthy Friday to everybirdie. It's looking to be a great long-weekend for all my BC friends in the US. I am very delighted by the responses you are sharing with us. I hope everybirdie takes the time to read them too. There is a lot to consider when it comes to sharing your home with a Companion Parrot. When my Momma Deb started with birds, there was so little written about them it was a hit or miss situation when it came to care, housing and health. Today, with the internet at our finger tips, and countless books on various species, self-educating is a joyous and necessary component to be availed by all. We never know it all, and learning is a life time effort. Everyday with a Companion Parrot offers opportunities to observe or learn something new and valuable.
Many of us wish to adopt a new fid into our homes, hearts and flocks but there are so many considerations beyond species to work through. I must say this topic was brought to me by our dear friend Eva Kline of the famed K K Koral. It is something we need to look at when thinking of the addition of a brand new flock member in an established flock. That is the dreaded "quarantine" .
It would be the very rare home that can provide us with "IDEAL" conditions to quarantine an incoming bird. So with this knowledge what can we do? and what is not ok to do? To correctly quarantine a new Parrot you need a room, that is supplied with it's own source of air, preferably filtered intake and exhaust. Many Avian diseases are air-borne. Simply separating a new Parrot from the flock within the same household does not prevent contamination and disease spread through the air, air vents and whenever the door is opened to care for the new comer. The false belief that changing your clothing, shoes etc after caring for the new comer WILL NOT prevent the spread of disease.
By definition all quarantine of Avians is to be done in a building separate from ALL other birds in a flock. It must have it's own air filtration system to prevent spread of airborne disease particles and be tended by someone who does not come into contact with other Parrots during the quarantine period. Separation of the flock and new comer by floors within the same home is not considered fully quarantined. Although changing clothes, shoes and showering before entering and after being in contact with the new fid will work greatly to help stop cross infection.
The recommended method of quarantine suggests that all incoming new flock members have TWO sets of blood testing done at intervals advised by your Veterinarian to screen for Avian diseases. However, unless the Parrot is shedding a virus, a false negative can occur.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION: what other suggestion do you have for bringing home that new flock member?

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05/22/2015 09:51.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tango!
Jester here! I hope you are doing well, I am doing pretty good myself! It is very warm here, so I have been going outside for some sunshine! I love going outside. (: Mom and her family are traveling to Pennsylvania next week, which I am not too excited about. But mom is excited, so I guess I am happy for her. They still don't know what they are doing there (Procrastination much?), but they have narrowed down to a few things. I am very excited that is is almost time for me to run for Bird of the Month! I can't wait! Mom is still trying to come up with an awesome campaign, but I know she will find an awesome one for me! (: Hugs, Jester Bean
PS I love your profile picture!

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05/21/2015 10:25.48 AM Report This Comment  
  hi Tango and Kahlua
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here this cool, but sunny Thursday. I apologize for not getting this blog out to you yesterday but we care having serious problems with BC right now.
It is definitely a good sign that so many have made long-term arrangements for us fids. It is something humans don't like to think about, death and being away from us, but since so many of us are very long-lived it is vital we all are provided for. A recent incident set this fact out from all othrs when one of our own BC friends was rushed to the hospital unconscious. There was talk prior to this eventful day about having contact numbers but the other person delayed to provide them. When the situation happened there was no one to call to care for the two fids left int he apartment alone. This could have been all avoided with proper per-planning.
At the very least everyone should take the time to list all their fids in a notebook. Including their ages, sexes, and every important fact about each one including foods, care facts and anything else that would matter should we be unable to provide for them. This notebook should be placed in a safe location; easily found by someone in a stressful situation. Tell family, friends etc where to find the book, or if you have a "care-provider" designated make certain they are aware of it and where to find the notes. Have contact numbers included for any family, friends etc and your Veterinarian.
In this situation mentioned we were able to work from Canada in behalf of our American friend. The birds were cared for by a close friend. The whole situation could have been smoother, and less stressful on our part with the necessary information in advance. Stop to imagine if things were different and no one was notified to care for the bird for the week their owner was hospitalized. Not a pretty thought. Sometimes we figure that family knows how to care for our fids. But in an emergency do they really know everything they should? In the event of our death, who will take care of the fids? Do these individuals know this in advance? Many times Companion Parrots are left to people who do not really want them and they end up sold, given away or handed over to a rescue to "deal with". As a Parrot lover and Parront we are responsible for their welfare even in our absence.
Having a living will, or a notarized paper telling all the details relevant to our flock will save alot of guess work later on for those responsible for our estates. We will have the peace-of-mind knowing we have placed our baby's into caring, informed hands and provided for their future without us. No one likes to dwell on death, but once we take care of this most important part of "ownership" of a Companion Parrot(s) we will be able to continue to enjoy every day we have here on Earth with them. Up dates to the notebook are important. Noting any behavior changes, issues or medical problems as they occur is also helpful for their future care-giver.

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05/21/2015 09:04.37 AM Report This Comment  
  hi Tango and Kahlua
Good morning to everybirdie. Sweetie here with our first blog of the week. I have been enjoying this Canadian long weekend to the max. Warm weather, sunny skies, what more could a bird hope for? Maybe anew toy to chew perhaps?
Your responses have been very interesting and informative. Information sharing is after all what BC is all about. When a group of devoted bird lovers get together for any cause, things just have to happen for the better. Bird Channel consists of a wide mix of people and birds from around the world with many common interests but our passion for Companion Parrots is the foremost. The coined phrase crazy-bird ladies/men couldn't be more true then for those on BC.
I have always believed that the Bird Channel members have the power to bring change in the Parrot owning community. We can impact others through our one to one education. Even telling a stranger not to buy "brand A" for their own Parrot is sharing our knowledge and could make a life-changing benefit to even one more Parrot. It has been very encouraging to read the many ways each of you have helped spread the word. It is unfortunate that many have no Parrot Club close by or Rescues in their close vicinity. That does not lessen our ability to be true Parrot Ambassadors right in our own home towns. It is surprisingly easy to strike-up a conversation about Parrots with almost everyone.
It has made me one happily little bird to read how many have spoken to someone in a store about Parrots, even when you got "the-look" for it. When we share exactly what it means to be a Parront, it gives others something to consider before spending their hard earned money. You might just save a Parrots life too. Something we must all remember though. Not all re-homed Parrots are unwanted. Sometimes it becomes in the bird's best interest to re-home them. Not all Companion Parrots found in rescues are there because they are unwanted, sometimes it is quite to the opposite. They were loved so much that the former owner knew they could not keep their beloved friend for various reasons. It is easy to loose sight of this truth in light of the vast numbers found in Rescues and shelters.
In a perfect World all Parrots could remain in their first home forever, or until their owners go to the Rainbow Bridge. In the real World life changes, sometimes quite quickly, almost over-night forcing surrender of pets that are dearly loved. It becomes a heart-breaking situation when owners have no options left, and no where to turn but to a rescue to take in their best buddy.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION: what permanent plans do YOU have in place for your fids, should something happen to you? What advice would you give someone in this respect?

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05/19/2015 08:52.34 AM Report This Comment  
  hi Tango and Kahlua
Happy Saturday everybirdie. Sweetie here with our sixteenth blog for BOTM. The input you have shared is like a precious gem. Filled with your heart-felt thoughts and opinions. Through open communication we learn, we grow, we bring about much needed change. I am happy to hear that some Parronts are researching to locate a rescue close to their own homes. Rescues need donations. That is a given fact since none are Government funded in the USA or Canada. There are however multiple ways to give to a rescue of your choice.
Falco and Willie mentioned San Diego's Parrot Education and Adoption Cente. They as do several other larger registered rescues (including Hurlin's Parrot Rescue in Michigan, & Oasis Sanctuary) have "sponsorship" programs that allow individuals to make a monthly donation in the name of a specific resident. You receive updates, a certificate of sponsorship with your bird(s) photo on it and other awesome mementos plus the knowledge you have helped one or more Parrots. Sponsorship is just one way to help out an Unwanted Parrot when we are unable to adopt one.
Many Rescues have auctions, yard sales and other Fund-raising venues where someone that is artistic, or creative might help by donating an item they have made. This option is especially helpful when the rescue is some distance away where personal hands-on assistance would be difficult or impossible.
My Momma Deb assists with a rescue in Rochester NY by answering emails from their on-line Website, and making calls to prospective adopters and donors. She is able to help without actually being physically close to help in person. In fact we are in a different country but the help is appreciated by the over-worked owners and volunteers. Expect to be thoroughly screened before allowed access to their website.
It is imperative that anyone wishing to donate to a rescue they are unfamiliar with ask how the funds will be used. The rescue should be willing to tell you whether for feeding, Vet care, caging etc. Most larger rescues, and registered non-profit rescues have an open-book policy that allows anyone to see exactly where the donations are used. Their financial statements are available on-line at their web sites or by request.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION: IF you were interested in adopting another Companion Parrot from a rescue what sort of questions would YOU expect to be asked? IF the rescue did not have a pre-adoption application would that effect YOUR decision to adopt from them? If so how? Positively? Negatively? Do you feel the pre-adoption applications are important? If so why? Do you agree with pre-adoption home visits by the Rescue?

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05/16/2015 10:53.43 AM Report This Comment  
  hi Tango and Kahlua
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here with your Friday BOTM blog. I want to take a moment to thank everyone for their votes of support this month. Your witty, informative, and often very touching shared stories have been wonderful. I certainly hope you will continue to take a moment to read them daily.
Yesterday I asked about Rescues and Sanctuaries for Parrots located near each of you. Most of the replies stated there was none, or that your Parront did not know how to begin to find one. There are far too many to list on this blog, but I have composed a few ideas that will aid you in your searching for a rescue close to your home.
The following sites are only given as examples and we do not endorse anyone or recommend anyone specifically;
beautyofbirds.com/rescue.htm--has an extensive list by state and province of rescues with contact information as provided.

birdchannel.com/bird-adoption/bird-rescues has a list of rescues but you need to check them out to find the location etc

www.rescueshelter.com--has lists by state--however you have to sift through the rescues by species--there is a change species option that you can click--pet birds to limit the search down.

You can also do an on-line google search by typing in Parrot rescues in (your state or province). A call to a local Avian Veterinarian Clinic can often result in good referrals to rescues within a reasonable distance. Also Face Book can provide names and links to Rescues and Sanctuaries within your state.
Regardless of how you locate a rescue it is up to each individual to check them out. Remember that the fact a Rescue has a non-profit status does not make it a good rescue, nor does lack of one make it a bad one. Ask for references if you have not heard of them through friends or your Veterinarian. They should be willing to give you the name and number of the Veterinarian they deal with. Most good rescues have an on-line adoption pre-application that you will need to fill out. This will help both them and you in finding the perfect home and fid to share your life with. Ask whether the Parrots have been Vet checked before adoption. Good Rescues will provide copies of these reports to new owners. They will ask a lot of questions and will require reference, normally a home visit and that you visit a couple times or more before adopting one of their Parrots.

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05/15/2015 09:44.13 AM Report This Comment  
  hi Tango and Kahlua
Good morning BC buddies, Sweetie here with today's BOTM blog. ( I hope, we had weird problems on BC yesterday). It is awesome to read the replies and ideas from all your Parronts. We Companion Parrots sure get a bad rap at times and too many unrealistic expectations placed upon us. As Falco's wonderful Momma wrote, "we( us Birds) can't be expected to be like dogs or cats. That being said, though, they all have a personality of their own, and their own needs and quirks, so they need to be accepted for who they are." I couldn't have put it any better. Those few words wrap up our problem in a nut-shell. We are all individuals, with our own minds, behaviorism's and needs. For anyone to assume all African Greys are awesome talkers, and every Cockatoo a screamer is as truthful as thinking all humans are created the same.
It is clearly apparent that we all, as a group both understand and agree, we are in the midst of an unwanted Companion Parrot crisis. Too many Parrots for the available suitable forever homes. The true problem lies not in the hands of breeders, but in the heart and mind-set of owners who feel that we are disposable. Susan expresses it wonderfully, "I think that the bottom line is that owners aren't committed to their pet, and this is the main reason that most people probably have for giving up any pet. If it doesn't fit into their lifestyle, then they want to get rid of it.....like an old shoe or an unwanted piece of furniture. Birds are highly intelligent and re-homing a bird is extremely stressful for it.....unless it is moving into a better situation, which can also be the case."
Sam's Momma Robin speaks of chatting with a Father and daughter about learning before buying a young Conure in a Petsmart display cage. How fortunate for all involved that she was there that day to re-direct them to education before purchasing. Sadly, most areas do not have a Parrot University but Rescuers can do much to educate potential new families if they have the time and volunteers to do so. Most rescues are pushed to the limits and setting up classes is often an impossible desire for them. Volunteers can step in and offer to help out with this, sharing their knowledge, and hands on experience with would-be adopters. Credible rescues need volunteers to help clean, and feed residents, to socialize Parrots and to work at on-going fund-raising. There is a lot of correspondence involved and someone with computer knowledge could be a great asset to a Rescue. If you drive you you can offer to pick up Parrots to transport to the Rescue and these cases do arise. If you enjoy writing you could offer to write a newsletter for a rescue to mail out to supporters and others. There are as many possible ways to help as there are people with different talents.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION: Is there a Rescue near you? What is it's name? What can you share with us about It? How can or do you help them with their mission to help Unwanted Parrots?

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05/14/2015 09:14.55 AM Report This Comment  
  hi Tango and Kahlua
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here with the Tuesday BOTM blog. We have come up with some seriously great game-strategies to help spread the word about Companion Parrot stewardship. Sharing ones home and heart with any Parrot takes a devotion and patience that not all possess. Our greatest birdie downfall is our beauty and ability of many of speak human words. How many times my Momma has had to correct individuals who inquire, "do you have any birds that talk?"
That is never a good conversation opener with Momma Deb when asking about the possibility to become a caregiver to any avian fid. Sadly it is the one most common requirement, next comes, and " one that doesn't bite." Geesh, what are these misinformed persons thinking? That is on par to wanting a human baby that doesn't cry, or ever need a diaper changed. I think Momma has a long line of crazy questions that people have asked over the years. The one area that upsets her, and no doubt many of you is this one;
The reasons why I am giving up my Parrot 101: in random order
1) we're moving and can't take the bird with us
2) we're just bought a puppy and it doesn't get along with the bird
3) we're planning on having a baby sometime and don't want it to get bit? Which one? The baby bite the Parrot?
4) we're allergic to the bird. (we have owned it for 5 years though)
5) We had a baby and the bird might wake up the baby. ( and the baby's crying won't wake anyone or the bird?)
6) We got a kitten and it isn't good with our bird. ( so the bird we had for years goes and we keep the new kitten)
7) The bird hates my new girl/boy friend
8) we decided to boy a bigger bird so want to find a home for this one.
9) we changed the room decor and the bird and cage don't match the new decor
10) I didn't know the bird was going to make so much mess, noise, demand my attention etc

The list goes on, and I want you to add any funny or annoying excuses you have heard to it. These I've added came from actual ads on-line for birds for sale. No doubt you will have some totally outrageous ones to share, and some really doubt excuses too.
I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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05/12/2015 12:57.31 PM Report This Comment  
  hi Tango and Kahlua
HAPPY Monday to everyone. I trust all the Mommas had a fabulous day yesterday. My Momma Deb had her much deserved day free from blogging, but today we hit the campaign trail once more. The awesome notes you have shared are very positive and inspiring. Oz's Mom takes on the bold approach, as does Momma Rea, Spot and Bon Bon's Momma. You, as Companion Parrot owners, yuck, that word again, are the Parrot World Ambassadors. Taking every possible opportunity to enlighten and educate is paramount to curbing the growing Unwanted Parrot Crisis. Every time you speak to someone looking and admiring a Parrot you are educating them. Telling potential owners the truth is our greatest protection. Macaws look beautiful, noble and powerful. Cockatoo babies are snuggle-bugs, so soft and cuddly looking. You Parronts need to tell others just how much work we can be. How destructive our beaks can be, how messy your home will become,and oh that noise.
My Momma Deb bred small Parrots for almost 40 years before making the life-changing decision that she wanted to help us, not produce more of us. Throughout her many years of involvement she always made the point of telling potential owners ALL the bad, difficult and nasty about us. She was always honest about the mess, noise, biting potential and then told the good points. Some people were put-off by it, but she always was thankful for it. Any babies left with a life-time support agreement and on-going assistance and help at a phone-call. She worked very hard to match babies to families, and today she hears from many who have a HeavenSent Aviary baby, now adult, or senior in their lives.
Momma's decision to open our doors for a rescue came about through my frother Mr. Sky. Prior to meeting Sky and his rescuer Cindy, Momma did not, like many of us, know the extent of abuse inflicted upon Companion Parrots. Hearing the horrific abuse Sky suffered being thrown against a wall; breaking countless leg, talon and wing bones, then never being treated by a Veterinarian was eye-opening and life-altering. She does not regret her past years as a breeder, having made many wonderful friends along the journey, and through her involvement she had the desire, out of necessity all she could to help the new owners have the best possible relationship with their new family member .All this has enabled her to be where she is today in her avian experience.
There are so many possible ways to help out the Unwanted Parrot Crisis, as outlined Saturday.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION; what have you done in the past to help educate others? Is there something suggested by another Parront that you might like to learn more about for yourself? If there is no Parrot Club near you, would you consider starting one in your area?
Come on birdies, let's just see how creative we really can be, at bringing about change, even one person at a time.

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05/11/2015 01:24.49 PM Report This Comment  
  hi Tango and Kahlua
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this Milonga Saturday with today's BOTM blog. The questions are tough ones, but ones that every responsible Parrot owner needs to ask themselves. The Companion Parrot crisis is growing at an alarming rate. All one need do is go onto any on-line site that sells Parrots to see the mass number of unwanted adults for sale, or visit any credible Rescues site to view the "for Adoption" profiles to get an idea of the numbers available in need of loving, forever homes.
The ideas shared by your Parronts are greyt. Filled with lots of helpful ideas, and insights. We all can contribute in one way or another. The variety is endless. Those who can speak to groups can arrange visits to schools, community groups, church groups where ever people gather togetehr to talk about their Parrots, their care and what is truly involved with having a Companion Parrot. You'd be surprised how easy it is once you start to talk about the love of your life, US!
As Finnegan's Momma has said, many Parrot Clubs already do visitations & social information displays. If you are a member of a club that doesn't, suggest it, and volunteer to help by attending with your Fids. There are a lot of areas in the USA, Canada and abroad where Parrot Clubs do not exist. Perhaps you could begin one, by posting notes at Pet Food Stores, Bird Stores, Veterinarian offices and other places people will see them. Finnegan's Momma has offered to assist anyone wishing to start up a club and it is an awesome way to connect not only with fellow bird-lovers but to out-reach into the community.
Cori and Boo Boo's Mom, as well an many others have the more direct approach of one to one information sharing, taking advantage of opportunities that present themselves to educate others in proper care and feeding. This is one opportunity we all can take part in. My Momma uses every chance she gets. Sometimes the information is not happily received but often times the listener will go away with a gem of insight they might never have received in any other way.
For the very creative and talented, Dixie and his flock have until recently both educated and enlightened audiences with their tricks and antics that catch the attention of all, leaving a wondrous opportunity to educate listeners to the care, training, and requirements of Companion Parrot Parronting. What better way to keep someone's interest then to show them what us Parrots are capable of? I am certain Dixie's Momma Rose would gladly help with some pointers for someone interested in starting to train their own fids to perform. Not only do the Parrots have fun, but you can reach a large mixed group of people this way!
Do you enjoy writing? Offer to write an article or more for your local newspaper, Parrot Club as a hand-out that can be left in Pet Food Stores etc willing to give them to new potential owners, the possibilities are endless.

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05/09/2015 08:57.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tango
Hi everyone, Sweetie here once more with our BOTM blog for this hot, sunny Friday. Your responses have been very enlightening, informative and up-front. The subject of unwanted Parrots and euthanasia is a sensitive, and loaded subject. Like all other questions I have asked, this one too has no wrong or right answer. Regardless of the answer one gives, the truth is we are in the midst of an unwanted Companion Parrot Epidemic. In 1990, The USA passed a Wild Bird Conservation Act - Banning imports of CITES listed birds, eliminating the world’s largest market. This seems to have been the catalyst for breeders to grab up all available Parrots and force them into for-profit breeding programs. What is it that causes mankind to crave to dominate everything within reach?
A great number of Companion Parrots found in rescues are by-products of this influx in captive bred birds. The ban on importation has done very little to curb the capture of Wild Parrots both in Central and South America, Africa and other continents through out the World. Wild Caught Parrots arrive in the USA and Canada via Europe. The European Union is the greatest importer/exporter of Wild Captured Parrots. That "imported" Congo Grey in the store is likely a bird stolen from it's flock in the wild. In many nations there are still legal "capture-limits" in place, allowing Parrots to be caught for the pet-trade market. A very high percentage of these still end up in the USA. All this adds to the pressing problem of an already over-loaded market filled with unwanted Parrots needing new homes.
Some have suggested building extensive free-flight aviaries where these Parrots could live out their lives as closely as possible to being free. However, there arises a question of potential risks to native Parrots or wild-birds species from avian diseases such as PDD, PBFD and others. Many of the deadliest diseases are also very difficult to diagnosis in living specimens. Although it would be ideal if the unwanted Parrots could be housed safely in aviaries that afforded freedom, there again arises the question of finances, both for the building of these flights,and for maintenance, staff to care for and protect them from harm. and on-going medical care.
No matter how we look at the situation there are no definitive answers to the growing problem. No matter how many laws were imposed, there will be people who go around them. In every area of society there are those who live above the laws. The answers lie within us, the bird-loving populous, to educate potential owners every chance we get, to mentor new owners if possible, and to refuse to be quietly on the side-lines when issues of abuse or neglect comes up.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION; what can YOU do to help the UNWANTED Parrots? How can YOU start to educate others in proper care and training of a Companion Parrot?

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05/08/2015 05:26.25 AM Report This Comment  
  hi Tango and Kahlua
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this awesome sunshiny Thursday. As there are no "right or wrong answers," they are all amazing and honest. Clearly Government involvement with us bird's lives will spell MESS. Somehow when the law-makers get togetehr to "fix' a problem they tend to create a whole pile of new ones, often worse then the original problem ever was. We are of a common agreement that hoarding is a secretive and often undetected situation. It occurs in every community across the globe.
As Pearl and Silver said the number of Companion Parrots is less important then whether they are well cared for, feed and cleaned. Whether one has one or one hundred fids to care for, the bottom line is "how well are they cared for? How many care-givers are looking after them?" Sad as it might be there are great homes with one Parrot and awful "house's of horror" with one. Just as human parents come in bad and good, so too do Companion Parrot owners. A stay at home Parront can easily look after a large flock, giving each time, cleaning, feeding and loving them all. It must remain a personal decision where to draw that line as far as numbers go. One person can become over-whelmed by one Parrot, where someone else can handle the ins and outs of daily life with fifty. We all need to be honest with ourselves, being truthful about how much we truly can handle on an on-going daily bases. Face it, all Parrots can become a handful at times, just like human children.
The general consensus is that placing regulations on Parrot ownership at best will be a band-aid approach to a difficult to manage situation. Cori and Boo Boo brought up a generalized truth, " many hoarders take in the animals and birds in the first place because they don't want them to be killed or abused. For some reason just keeping them alive they feel they are doing a good job without any thought to the quality of life of the animals.Then what happens, these people may become ill and no longer able to care for the animals and no one helps them because no one knows they have so many and then the animals start dying and at this point the people won't accept what they have done."
Parrot Rescues are busting at the seams with unwanted Parrots being surrendered. Some have been forced to turn away Parrots for lack of place. This problem continues to grow as our present "throw-away" society dumps off anything they deem, "difficult, too much money or work" without any clear solution. Many of these displaced Parrots are sold or given away to anyone who will take them. The former owner doing no screening, no educating, rather just glad to be rid of the "problem."
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION: With many credible Rescues over-filled should they CONSIDER euthanizing sick, overly-aggressive Parrots to make room for others to enter their facilities? What other possible solutions could be employed to protect the unwanted?

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